The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, is near and dear to many in South Florida. Organizers of groups such as the Florida Immigrant Coalition and Concerned Dreamers are holding vigils in hope that President Trump will recognize the movement and uphold the program.
But officials in and around Washington claim that Trump is looking to end the DACA program, or let it expire.
The Obama-era program has offered hope to more than 800,000 undocumented immigrants who would otherwise have faced deportation. Thanks to DACA, the covered young immigrants can legally work and obtain an education in the U.S.
Republican leaders such as the most senior U.S. Representative from Florida, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and United States Congressman, Representative for Florida’s 26th District, Carlos Curbelo have stepped forward to offer their support of protecting DACA.
“I truly believe that the President has a deep internal conflict with this DACA issue, on one hand he supports tough policies on immigration and on another he shows desires to treat young people with heart and compassion,” Curbelo said.
103,000 Florida residents qualify for DACA, of which 23,000 reside in Miami-Dade County. California, Texas, and New York are the only states with more DACA enrollees.
So far, the only word from the White House has come via Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who said yesterday, “I’m not going to get ahead and be presumptuous when a decision hasn’t been made.”
Still, the Florida Immigrant Coalition, along with other organizations and DACA citizens and supporters want to send a clear message: keep DACA going. They are holding vigils in the Miami area beginning today.
- Friday Sept. 1 Freedom Tower, 7- 9 p.m.
- Saturday Sept.2 Honorable Bede Church, 7- 9 p.m.
- Sunday Sept.3 St. Stephens Church, 7- 9 p.m.
- Monday Sept. 4 Freedom Tower 7- 9 p.m.